Knicks SG Tim Hardaway, Jr., who agreed to a four-year deal worth $71 million last week, wants Carmelo Anthony to remain on the team.
Former Knicks president Phil Jackson had been attempting to trade Anthony prior to parting ways with the organization, and the Knicks are reportedly still trying to trade him even with Jackson gone.
"Yes, we definitely want him back -- no question," Hardaway Jr. said on Monday, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. "Just having that veteran leader out there on the floor, a go-to guy who can get you a bucket any given moment of the game, it's great. It's great to have that. You want to have that. It'll be tough for him to leave. But like I say, he has to do what's best for him and his family."
Some in Anthony's camp, including his wife, La La, have suggested that he wants to remain with the Knicks or be traded somewhere close in order to remain in close proximity to his son.
The Rockets, who recently signed James Harden to an extension, are one of the teams pursuing Anthony.
Anthony, who is under contract through the 2018-19 season, has a full no-trade clause.